Wood Tile Floors

Sep 17, 2012

I get so many questions about my new "wood" tile floors.  Does it scratch?  Will it warp if you get it wet?  How is it laid?  Is it grouted?  The upside is it holds up just like tile so water is not an issue.  Believe me when I say that's been tested out in my house!  I'm sure it's possible to chip or scratch, but no more than any other tile.   I just dropped a huge ice pack on it this morning when I was packing my son's lunch.  My heart did stop for a few seconds until I saw that it was okay.





The porcelain is more expensive than the ceramic, but the dark color goes all the way through the tile.  I have the ceramic because I loved the tile and it was on clearance at Lowe's.  If price weren't an issue I would probably choose a porcelain because you can see the light edges of the tile in certain lights.  Here is a good of example of it in this picture, but the edges really aren't this light in person.


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The grain of the tile throws a lot of people off.  I was worried myself that it was a film that could easily come off.  I can't speak for all tile, but even after using a razor blade to peel off something waxy that was stuck to the floor, the surface was completely blemish free.  One thing that I really like is that the surface isn't completely flat.  It has a wavy surface to mimic wood.  You can see the grain and the wavy surface in the picture of the entryway.








The installers laid the pattern to mimic a real wood floor.  It can be laid in other patterns.  One of my favorites is a herringbone pattern. 


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I would recommend to match the grout to the darkest color in the tile for a more realistic look.  I've heard some people want to show off the tile by grouting in a lighter color. 


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It still looks nice, but I prefer the darker grout.


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Overall, I'm absolutely thrilled with my floors.  Everyone that comes in says they love my new wood floors.  Ha ha!  I love to see their face when I tell them it's really tile and then they have to touch it with their hand to see it's really tile.  Most importantly, it is very durable.  When I find a puddle of water on the floor that's probably been there for a while or the kids drag something across the floor I'm so thankful I chose wood tile.

15 comments:

  1. it looks really nice! Love the dark color.

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  2. Love these floors! My parents installed them in their dining room about 2 years ago and still love them and they still look as fabulous as when they first went down. Your home is beautiful, I admire your taste. These floors pull it all together!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm happy to hear your parents still love their floor two years later.

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  3. The porcelain tile does look great, but the ceramic tile that you’ve chosen isn’t all that bad either. In fact, it looks just as good. And I totally like the idea of using darker grout for the tiles. One of the biggest benefits of using it is that darker grouts are easier to clean, and you don’t have to worry about it changing colors with dirt.

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    1. The only difference in the porcelain and ceramic that I could see is that the porcelain has the color all the way through the tile. Thankfully, chipping hasn't been an issue so I'm really happy with the ceramic. I do love not having to worry about the grout!

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  4. The wooden floor highlights the beauty of your abode. The installation is perfectly done.

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  5. Jennifer,

    Your floors do look great! We're about to undergo an entire remodel of our house and are going with porcelain wood tile throughout (except bathrooms) We have 3 kids and 2 dogs so this seemed to make the most sense. One question I have is are you noticing any marks around furniture that moves (e.g. kitchen chairs, bar stools, etc.)?

    Thanks- Kevin T.

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    1. None at all! I had the same concerns when we first had them laid, but I haven't seen one scratch and we don't baby our floors at all. We don't use felt on the bottom of our chairs or barstools either. I couldn't be happier with them. Good luck on the remodel and I'd love to see pics!

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  6. My kitchen has wooden tile floor which i am planning to change with laminate as i don't have that much time to polish the wooden floor frequently and moisture is also damaging it.

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  7. With these wood tiles, you get the best of both worlds: the durability of tiles and the traditional elegance of wood. I do agree that darker grouts are better since they’re easier to clean. Besides, if you have really wanted to achieve the look of a wood, then you chose the right pattern!

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  8. These wood tile floors are looking great, flooring like this is very easy to clean, they are also very sturdy, you just have to take good care of it.

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  9. Hi, are these from Lowes? Which color? Thanks!

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  10. I would love to know which brand and color tile you used! Thanks!

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